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First Fetal Stem-Cell Transplant Should be the Last

Posted by thelamp on January 8, 2007

Last month in Portland, Oregon, doctors for the first time transplanted stem cells from aborted fetuses into a living patient. As part of a desperate bid to reverse, or at least slow, a rare genetic disorder called Batten disease, stem cells were placed in a sick child’s head.

The fetuses were donated to a nonprofit medical foundation by women aborting early-stage pregnancies. It’s understandable that loving parents would do just about anything to save their child. If all parents were that devoted, there would be no aborted fetuses to produce stem cells for such research.

“Since these matters often are explored under times of stress and great emotion, it’s important to apply clear biblical to these issues,” said Pastor Rod Parsley.

Unfortunately, the hospital where this procedure was performed has five more patients waiting to receive the treatment. Despite the potential for a positive outcome, the end result does not justify recycling life this way.

The medical team made sure to mention that the stem cells injected into the young buy were not human embryonic stem cells. President George W. Bush has limited federal funding because of moral objections. However, the use of aborted fetuses to obtain stem cells is equally as objectionable.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan banned research using aborted fetal tissue from receiving federal funding. President Bill Clinton removed the prohibition in 1993.

Can anything be more repugnant than killing a baby and using it for spare parts? That’s not why God created life.


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